Baseball Dominates Saint Louis, 18-3.|
March 7, 2004
St. Louis, Mo. - After being unable to sustain leads over the previous two contests against Saint Louis, the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team left little to the imagination, thrashing the host Billikens, 18-3, at the Billiken Sports Center on Sunday afternoon.
Over the past four games, UIC has tallied 53 runs for an average of 13 runs per contest.
"We came out and played like we did yesterday, but we got a big performance on the mound," UIC Assistant Coach Sean McDermott said. "We did a great job offensively and showed a lot of intensity."
Senior shortstop Jordan DeVoir led the Flames' offensively, going 6-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored. DeVoir has hit safely in nine consecutive at-bats.
Junior second baseman Mike Bruszer turned an impressive effort for the Flames at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a homer and six RBI. UIC also received solid performances from Brad Ryan (4-for-6, 3 RBI, 3 doubles, 2 runs) and Justin Johnson (3-for-5, 3 runs, RBI).
Senior outfielder Mike Hughes went 2-for-5 with three RBI, three runs scored and two triples. His two triples gives him 10 for his career, which ties him for the UIC school record with Mike Petak (1991-94) and John Rosner (1999-2002).
With the victory, UIC improves to 6-3 on the campaign, while the Billikens fall to 4-7 overall.
Freshman pitcher Ryan Zink, in his first collegiate start, scattered seven hits over seven innings and struck out 13 batters. Zink has appeared in four games this season and has a record of 2-0 with two saves.
UIC will be back in action on Friday afternoon, as they will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to open a three-game series against Arkansas at 3:05 p.m.